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Microbial-accessibility-dependent electron shuttling of in situ solid-phase organic matter in soils
- Tan, Wenbing, Xi, Beidou, Wang, Guoan, He, Xiaosong, Gao, Rutai, Jiang, Jie, Zhu, Biao
- Geoderma 2019 v.338 pp. 1-4
- chemical structure, electrons, ferric oxide, fractionation, microorganisms, soil, soil organic matter
- The associations between electron shuttling of in situ organic matter and its microbial accessibility in natural soils remain elusive. In this study, through combining soil physical fractionation with incubation experiments, we show that the in situ solid-phase organic matter in soils is a heterogeneous pool with varied electron shuttling capacities due to the diverse soil organic matter protection mechanisms against microbial accessibility. The microbial accessibility of in situ solid-phase organic matter in soils largely acts as a crucial factor in determing the number of redox-active functional groups involved in shuttling electrons from microorganisms to Fe(III) oxides, and therefore the relationship between electron shuttling capacity of in situ solid-phase organic matter and its intrinsic chemical structures.